Spiritual Tools: Dveikut: Rav Nachman of Horodenka
The 2nd of Tammuz is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Nachman (ben Yitzchak) of Horodenka, one of the first close colleagues of the Baal Shem Tov, whose mechutan he later became. His grandson was Rav Nachman of Breslav. In 1764, he emigrated to the Holy Land, and settled in Tiveria. The following year (1765), he passed away and was buried there.
We should pray to God often that we never forget Him, and that we attain more love for Him. “My Father in Heaven, help me to be aware of Your presence and to think of You always, without forgetting You for one minute. Let your love and fear always be in my heart.” Though it is good to say such prayers aloud, when you pray to be able to cleave to God, it is sufficient that this prayer be made mentally alone. (Rav Nachman of Horodenka quoted in Toledot Yaakov Yosef, Va’etchanan). [Rabbi Yitzhak Buxbaum; Jewish Spiritual Practices, Page 59]